It was an exciting homecoming week at Liberty Ranch High School, filled with many activities, spirit days, parades and culminating in a “comeback” win against Laguna Creek High School, the crowning of this year’s queen and king and a Saturday night dance.
Tori Sheridan and Easton Hawkings were crowned Homecoming Queen and King during halftime of the varsity football game Friday night.
“When they called my name, I couldn’t believe it,” Sheridan said. “I was so surprised and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, did they really just say my name?’ With so many wonderful people nominated, it could have been any of us. I am just so glad my friends could be by my side. I want to thank all my peers, all my teachers and my mom, who is the strongest person I know and inspires me every day.”
Hawkings was also pleasantly surprised.
“When they called my name, I was so happy but, at the same time, I thought this is crazy, look at all these great candidates up here with me,” Hawkings said. “Honestly, it could have been anyone’s game, but what a blessing to be chosen. I want to thank everyone who voted for me, and thank you to my family and friends for being so supportive. You all are the best.”
With a theme of “Operation Homecoming”, the week of activities centered around various games.
Monday was “Battleship” day where students could be found wearing camouflage. Students paired up and dressed as twins on Tuesday, “Draw 2” day. Wednesday was “Operation” day, which found students faking injuries. On Thursday, stripes were seen around campus as students dressed appropriately for “Get Out of Jail” day. Dressing in school colors, green and silver, Friday showed students wearing apparel for “Cash Out” day.
Lunch activities included music, bubbles, board games, tic tac toe racing, and drawing with chalk on the sidewalk.
As is the tradition, each of the classes created festive floats for the parade. Following the Operation Homecoming theme, each grade level was assigned a game to portray with their float – freshmen, Jumanji; sophomores, Monopoly; juniors, Candy Land and seniors, Life.
Also an annual tradition, football players and friends changed into cheerleaders for the powderpuff team. The two teams, made up of female students, went head to head on the football field, where the combined freshman/junior team beat the combined senior/sophmore team.
The varsity football game was a nail biter at the end with a come-from-behind last-second win on a touchdown pass from Isiah Ricci to Cameron Hopkins-Senegal with 11.1 seconds left in the game (see page A8 for full story). The game is the first homecoming win at Hawk stadium.
After the excitement Friday night, high school students put on their homecoming best Saturday for a night of dancing and frivolity at the annual homecoming dance on campus.
This year’s royalty and their respective class/club association are: ASB (Leadership), Joe Lopez and Deva Blanco; class of 2020, Easton Hawkings and Deserae Hudson; class of 2021, Solomon Witkin and Hailena Gunter; class of 2022, Austin Smith and Moe Gunter; class of 2023, Drake Mitchell and Carli McCormick; Art Club, Keylee Carpenter and Breanna Gonzalez; AVID, Griselda Navarro and Dametris Porras; band, Roberto Vasquez; cheer, Joclyn Medlock; choir, Haley Kestler; creative writing, Carolina Dominguez and Simon Williams; CSF, Stefania Salgado and Liam Benedict ; Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Annabelle Buchanan, and Colby Kurtz; FFA, Amalia Vasquez and Austin Davis; Free Thinkers, Sarah Edwards; German Club, Dolores Cardenas Lopez and Caitlyn Amrine; Goblins, Vinny Lopez and Chris Bullock; International Thespian Society, Kelly Serena and Antonio Garcia; Latinos Unidos, Natalia Armas and Alex Cabrera; LHS, Tori Sheridan and Braden Birkes; Link Crew, Ale Ocegura and Josh Patton; MESA Club, Tyler Rose; NHS, Belen Cerda Luna and Daniel Gonzalez; Sophisticated Tea Society, Tyler Rose; and Galt Trap Shooters, Jackson Lawery and Marshal Martens.